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Working With Children, Young People And Families Higher Apprenticeship

​​​​​The apprenticeship and award focus on early intervention work with children, young people and families in the community.

Students will learn about human development and the impact of a variety of issues which may impact wellbeing.  They then will be taken through the process of assessment and intervention in order to provide early support when others need help.

Students will be expected to apply their learning in their work setting in order to develop the expected skills of a children, young people and families, practitioner. As an apprentice you will be employed 30 hours a week with your employer allowing 20% of your time committed to your study and personal development. 

The course begins by examining how an individual grows and develops and the potential factors that might make an impact on them both internally and externally.  Within this context, the role of the practitioner will be explored in terms of how they can engage and communicate with children, young people and families whilst maintaining a professional outlook at all times.

The importance of working with others is highlighted especially in the context of undertaking assessments and when dealing with safeguarding concerns.  Planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating a variety of suitable interventions will enable students to consider effective evidence based solutions as a result of their understanding of a situation.

Within the course, students will be encouraged to explore the specifics of working with a specialized age group in a variety of contexts so that students can further develop their employability.

It is expected that throughout the course students are in their work place applying their knowledge and learning appropriately so that they become confident in their practice and ready for their next step. 

There are strong progression pathways between this course and BSc Social Work, BA Education and BA Early Childhood Studies.

This award can also be undertaken as a traditional ta​ught route.


18-24​ months

Our next open cohort will start in September 2020, however we can create bespoke cohorts with specific student numbers, which can start sooner.

Study style

You will be expected to access the course content online and work through the various sessions and topics.  There will be regular tutor activity and input so that you can keep on target with your studies. 

Every month there will be a day spent reviewing what you have learnt either in person or online. Where there are a number of students studying in the same area, they will be encouraged to meet up regularly to support each other’s learning.

Apprentice job roles

Early help and intervention work with children, young people and families
  • Family support worker
  • Pastoral support in schools
  • Housing support workers
  • Advocacy work

This course will be an excellent grounding for anyone considering a career in social work or within education.

Industry links

This course has been developed in conjunction with many local and regional stakeholders who wish to develop routes into early intervention work with children young people and families.   These organisations are within the statutory, education, voluntary, community and enterprise sectors and all keen to be involved in the development of knowledge and skills that students need to have in order to make a difference in the vital work that they undertake.

Such organisations and their professionals will input into the course so that students will have up to date knowledge about the sector.

Interested to find out more?

For more details or to register your interest, please complete the form below.​